REI Dash 2 Tent

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Exceptional semi-freestanding lightweight 3-season…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $350


Exceptional semi-freestanding lightweight 3-season tent.


  • Lightweight 2-person tent (under 3 pounds)
  • 15 denier ripstop nylon (kewl)
  • Excellent engineering of tent and poles
  • Great ventilation


  • Tight footprint for 2 people
  • Semi-freestanding
  • Expensive

This is a fantastic tent for under 3 pounds. I love the fact that the material is 15 denier ripstop nylon (20 denier mesh). Plenty of mesh for great ventilation.

Although the tent is rated for 2 people, it is best used as a 1 person with plenty of room for gear. I think it would be awesome if REI made a 1 person tent from the same material. I would definitely purchase it. 

This tent pitches very quickly (under 1 minute in a hurry). The semi-freestanding aspect can be a CON to most people but freestanding or not, I always guy out my corners. The Dash becomes very taut when the pegs are used. It handles very nicely in wind and rain. The tub gives plenty of protection from rain and dirt. There is ample mesh which provides great ventilation. 

REI's engineering team hit a home run with the design and construction of this tent. Perfect layout. Plenty of room at the shoulders and slightly narrows down to the feet. I am 6'1" and have just the right amount of head room at the doors (yes, there are 2 doors!). 

A little expensive but not completely out of line in comparison to other lightweight tents.

I love this tent.


Thanks for the review!

2 years ago

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